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Well, this would be something fun, wouldn't it? It may not take $5 million per year for Jason Terry to come back to the Dallas Mavericks and that's probably music to the Mavericks' ears.
That $5 million was how much the Boston Celtics offered to pry the former Maverick legend away from Dallas in 2012 after eight great years and, of course, a championship. Now, the 37-year-old former Sixth Man of the Year is back on the market and it just so happens Dallas could likely use some guard depth regardless of how their offseason plays out.
It looked like JET was finished three years ago when the Mavericks' forgettable title defense came to an abrupt end in a first-round sweep at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dallas wasn't willing to pay $5 million for a player on the wrong side of 30.
But the veteran's minimum? And he gets to finish his career where he was a star for eight years? That's a different story.
In his one lone season in Houston last year, JET showed he still has some game left. He shot 39 percent from 3-point range last year, which was a two-percent spike compared to his two bad stops in Boston and Brooklyn. He started in 18 regular season games and scored double figures in eight of those starts. JET also started in every Houston playoff game, but his numbers dropped to 9.6 points per game and 35 percent 3-point shooting.
JET wouldn't be starting for this Mavericks team, but Dallas will no doubt find someone for that. But at the right price, though, he'd be welcomed back to Dallas in a heartbeat.
Fit with the Mavs
Barring any drastic changes, the Mavericks' plan is to go all-out on acquiring Wesley Matthews or Danny Green this week for one of them to be their new shooting guard. That part doesn't necessarily impact JET's possible return, but it could make the shooting guard position more crowded than normal with Justin Anderson on board.
Anderson can play bigger at small forward if Dallas was serious on making a JET reunion a realistic possibility, or perhaps knowing Rick Carlisle's tendencies (and not knowing Anderson's development status), he can not play at all. He would back up whomever Monta Ellis' replacement will be and be a sparkplug for instant offense like he's always been.
With the Mavericks going after Matthews or Green, Dallas already improves drastically in 3-point shooting. Adding Terry would provide Dallas with more opportunities to spread the floor and even make him the primary ballhandler in certain situations, which is good because of how good of a pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop player JET was in Dallas.
He's had experience throwing lobs to Tyson Chandler and Dwight Howard. Putting DeAndre Jordan in that mix, if the Mavs sign him, would not be a bad idea.
No one would fault him in the slightest if he decided to go back to Houston if the Rockets were willing to pay him more than the veteran's minimum, but JET has made it clear before that he wants to return to Dallas and finish out his career.
You never know. But I’d like to come back and finish my career in Dallas and let it end in another hoisting of the banner. Because you know what? Dallas deserves to be a champion.
Houston might give him the best shot to win based on talent alone, but that could change if the Mavericks lock up Jordan this week. And if that's the case, then maybe it wouldn't be so bad for the JET to think of making one more flight with the team that will one day hang his jersey in the rafters of the American Airlines Center.